THE TWELVE DAYS OF DIPLO: Day 1

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On the first Day of Diplo, Rave Klaxon played for me… Diplo’s Florida L.P.

The King of the Dance Floor, the Dance Hall, the most Mad-Decent vinyl pusher of all time and the best electronic producer this side of the Millennium, Diplo is TWELVE DAYS AWAY from hitting our shores and mixing up a STORM at Australia’s Stereosonic Music Festival. In hot anticipation for his Melbourne appearance, I wanted to take the opportunity to not only count down the days until his arrival, but to do so by highlighting some of my absolute favourite, perhaps even lesser-known Diplo productions.

Day 1 brings us Diplo’s first full-length feature album (or second if you count Sound and Fury, which I do but most do not), Florida.  Released in 2004, Florida showcases an alarmingly different direction to the ears of more recent fans, doing a better job at making clever references to hip hop, jazz, blues, trip-hop and electronica than it does the bonza, globally-inspired soundwaves we’ve come to expect from him in 2015. But that’s not to say Florida is devoid of adventure. In fact, Florida may arguably be one of the more interesting, entertaining and experimental debuts in dance music history since Sasha‘s The Qat Collection from 1994, particularly so with all of Diplo’s more recent history catalogued within our iTunes libraries.

More The Avalanches meets Massive Attack than it is Major Lazer meets Jack Ü, there are slivers to be heard across Florida which allude to the direction our Dance Floor King would inevitably head down, especially so on personal album favourites “Into The Sun” (a truly trippy affair which features the angelic vocal prowess of AudioOut favourite, Martina Topley-Bird) and “Diplo Rhythm”. The latter, a tune that features Vybz Cartel, Sandra Melody & Pantera Os Danadinhos, manages to transport the listener to a kaleidoscopic field of musical wonderment, which – in context with the last 11 years of his career – almost meets you somewhere in between the Downtempo Diplo of over a decade ago, and the Mainstage Legend we know him for today. 

Florida was re-released last year for Record Store Day on CD and Vinyl, with a bonus disc boasting remixes as well as brilliant album commentary from the man himself. Take a listen to the original record below, then go and buy this legendary slab of dance music history.

The Twelve Days of Diplo continues tomorrow with Day 2. Diplo plays Australia’s Stereosonic Music Festival through the tail-end of November and the first week of December, kicking off in Sydney on Saturday November the 28th. Buy your tix online now!

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